Stevia Extract - Natural Sweetener
Stevia sweetener is a natural sweetener made on the basis of a medicinal plant called Stevia which has sweetening properties. The Stevia sweetener can be used to replace sugar in cold drinks, hot and in the kitchen. It has no calories and is 300 times sweeter than sucrose and can be used by children, pregnant women, diabetics and as diet to lose weight.
- 100 packets
- 100 grams
Note: Some products has the date of manufacture and not validation!
(2 years of validation from manufacturing)
What is Stevia?
Nowadays, a wide range of sweeteners are available on the market with the ability to provide sweetness without being associated with sugar. Between this large group of compounds found intense sweeteners, such as aspartame, acesulfame-K , saccharin, sucralose, and steviol glycosides that have sweetness several hundred times than sugar. As the sweet taste is induced in small quantities, their energy contribution is often lesser compared with sugar. Unlike other intense sweeteners, steviol glycosides and sugar share something in common, their origin are fully vegetable.
The origin of Stevia
The name of the Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, commonly referred to as Stevia, was given by the Swiss botanist Moisés Santiago Bertoni who first described the plant. It is a plant native to Central and South America, which belongs to the same family as the sunflower and chicory. Widely cultivated for its sweet leaves, Stevia has been used for centuries by the natives of South America as a traditional sweetener, added to herbal teas and other beverages. In their leaves you can find two main glycosides compounds of sweet taste: stevioside and rebaudioside. These compounds are 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, such a small amount is sufficient to obtain the desired sweetness. These glycosides have been the subject of recent safety studies and assessment.
Potential health benefits.
As with other intense sweeteners, steviol glycosides allow consumers enjoy a sweet taste without increasing the daily intake of energy, as they do not contain significant calories. High intensity sweeteners may constitute an effective aid in weight control, when used in the diet as an alternative to adding açúcar.3 Individuals with a rare genetic disease known as phenylketonuria (PKU) must control their intake of phenylalanine including aspartame: for these people steviol glycosides are shown as an optimal choice of phenylalanine-free sweetener.
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